Social Media & Freedom of Speech!

Social media is probably the best gift we are bestowed with in the technological era we are living in. It enhances the communication with receivers sitting in any corner of the world around the globe. It has it pros but not all the boons come sans cons. Social media can be called as equally powerful in creating pandemonium and sometimes extremely hatred between users on social media platforms such as networking websites like Facebook.

Now the reason why I reckon so is some latest encounters I’ve had on the social networking platforms. One day, I was going through a post about a celebrity on Twitter and I witnessed people not making just fun of him but they also crossed the limits of being called as civilized by calling him a dog/kutta. Now the question emerges again that could they say the same to him had he been in front of them? No. Not at all. They would rather take his autograph. But…..
Similarly, on another day, one such post flashed on Facebook via a newspaper page which had some particular political news. In the comment section when I tried commenting something, I realized that that particular topic was nowhere in the comments of the users but all that I witnessed was mincing words about each other’s religion which went on to become abuse about the different faiths and God(who is known by different names). Now I wondered could it really take place had these people been in front of each other or was it just the leverage of social media that enables us to say whatever we wish to or to express ourselves the way we want to? Certainly not. They might not have used such terminology and would have shown some restraint and even respect for each others faith.
Now the question is that is it good that we are gifted with so much of freedom on digital platform?
Internet and social media is something which makes the flow of knowledge and education incessant; it is a tool which I believe is matchless when it comes to communication with the mass but the irony of it is that some “educated” beings completely negate it by their acts. In such practise they not only just make an environment unpleasant for others but fill themselves as well with the retaliation of same intensity by them.
But more than this is that we can not forget that they also generate and give wrong messages and show wrong picture of religion, harmony and above all humanity to the youth which is oblivious of the real world facts and believes very readily what goes through the internet and particularly social media platforms. “THIS” may result in huge turbulence and turmoil in the society in future with next generation which we might not see today and it might be suicidal for us only.
Now this WE or THEY whom I’ve been indicating and have held responsible for “misusing” the social media are not alien beings. It’s people like YOU and ME who do it. We under the umbrella of liberty- that nobody is physically present in front of us or nobody is our acquaintance or knows us- express ourselves the way we feel which is something we couldn’t or still can’t do in the absence of social media platforms.  To some extent such anonymous expression is good but using it to  degrade someone is definitely not.
Now it’s upto us as to how we want to use this powerful tool of technology and education.  Are we gonna use it to bring a positive change in the society with mutual respect for all the beings irrespective of their caste, religion, appearance, colour &c or we are just going to tell the flaws of others by completely nullifying ours. Decision is ours… because it’ SOCIAL  media not SUICIDAL media!!!

Start-Up India, Stand-Up India: PM Narendra Modi’s initiative

Startup India is a campaign announced by honourable prime minister of india narendra modi last year focusing primarily on removing stumbling blocks such as licence raaj, land permission, environmental clearances, investment proposal &c as well as to moderate the role of states in policy making for start-ups and entrepreneurship. It is a perfectly planned government scheme to heighten the new start-ups and to whet the entrepreneurship in India.


Announced on August 15, 2015, start-up India aims at promoting bank financing to magnify the entrepreneurship which in turn would lead to jobs creation. Tabulated by department of industrial policy and promotion (DIPP) it has an annual turnover of approximately US$3.7 million i.e. about  rupees 25 crores.

Some of the salient features of start-up India includes elimination of red tapism, reduction in patent registration free, freedom from tax in profits for three years, freedom from mystifying inspection for three years, freedom from capital gain tax for three years, starting with five lakhs schools to target ten lakhs children for innovation program, new schemes to protect IPR  protection to start-ups and new firms, encouraging entrepreneurship, modified and more friendly bankruptcy  code to ensure ninety day exit window, one thousand crores of funds, self certification compliance among many other lucrative characteristics for the enhancement of the entrepreneurship and start-ups in the country.

The human resource development ministry and department of science and technology have also agreed to partner in this government initiative to establish about seventy five start-up support hubs in the Indian Institutes of Information technology (IIIT’s), the Indian Institute of science education and research (IISER’s), national institute of pharmaceutical education and research (NIPER’s) and the national institutes of technologies  (NIT’s).

With its inauguration event held on January 16, 2016 by the finance minister Arun Jaitley, it was attended by forty top chief executive officers (CEO’s) with startup investors and founders as special guests such as the CEO of WeWork, founder of Uber, founder of Snapdeal, Sachin Bansal, founder of flipkart, co-founder of review adda among many other big names of the industry.

The reserve bank of India has also declared that it will take measures to augment the ease of doing business in the country and  will create an atmosphere which will be extremely propitious for the new entrepreneurs wishing to propel new start-ups. But this is not the only positive trait as headquartered in Japan, Soft Bank has also invested US$2 billion into Indian start-ups as well as has agreed for total investment of US$ 10 billion. As a greater part of this scheme, group of start-ups also conceded to a memorandum of acknowledgement with some well known colleges and will also install its centre in these campuses.

Among many such great campaigns, prime minister narendra modi also launched another very heartening scheme called standup India on April 5, 2016. It again is an effort by government to boost entrepreneurship but for women and SC and SC community. For supporting new entrepreneurs under this scheme, government offers bank loans between ten lakhs to one crore of rupees for women,  scheduled casts and scheduled tribes for initiating new start-ups and not the one they have been traditionally associated with.

Religious Differences-We Need To Think All Over Again…

With all the arguments and  dissents that are pervasive in our democracy these days, what is most perceptible  to me is the general nature of the people of India to trust what have been taught to them since centuries in a particular geographic region. What I mean with the above statement is that our nature and innate tendency to believe what is right or wrong or to demarcate right from wrong  with the help of widely held belief without judging any issue ourself is one reason why most of the sects of the biggest democracy of world are at loggerheads with each other these days. Without knowing why we are following anything, the nature to question other’s drawback has become our basic disposition. Many personalities holding many important posts have been doing it since ages to make Indians think how different they are from each other irrespective of the fact that all of them are actually Indians. We, the people of India, on the other hand believe that we take decisions on the basis of how we perceive the world. If we ask ourself this question I believe we’ll get to know that most of the knowledge that we have is based on what we have been taught and is not based on our own knowledge.
So what I reckon we must do is to think and ask ourselves-without being judgemental about other sects-the question as to why we think anything the way we do. Is it something that we know with the evidence or we believe it because we have been witnessing it all our lives or we are having a notion about other sects just because we have been taught to think about them in that particular way. This question if asked to ourselves honestly can give all the answers to our problems regarding sectarian disharmony and can make the society a great place to live in.